The music directly ties into the serious subject matter of the album. The long, drawn out, and mournful guitar work on songs like the aforementioned Parting Statements, Trying Our Souls, and really throughout the album help set the mood and create a sense of atmosphere. There's also a heavy amount of grooviness that helps break up the monotony that often plagues the genre. The songs often fall into what I would call catchy territory. There's a definite sense of style and control here.
With Lasting Efforts the band has crafted a mature, solemn, and memorable album. Crafter have brought a sense of purpose to their hardcore sound. While the genre often carries a message, rarely is subject matter so serious handled with such tact. Lasting Efforts is sure to leave a lasting impression on its listener and on the scene.